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James J. Fox, who have traded at the iconic 119 Grafton Street location since 1881, spanning five generations of family ownership, have launched an exclusive single cask Midleton Very Rare Pot Still Irish Whiskey, available at their store and through their website.


Kevin O’Gorman of IDL, Yiorgos and Paul of James Fox

This exclusive single pot still Irish whiskey was laid down in April 1998 at the celebrated Midleton Distillery. Aged in a single first fill ex-bourbon cask, selected by James J. Fox and former Master Distiller Brian Nation, this exceptional whiskey matured for 22 years and was bottled at cask strength (54.9%) with a yield of only 162 bottles, with no chill filtration used. Balancing pot still spices with subtle zesty undertones, this exquisite 22-year-old proudly bears the Midleton Very Rare name – the pinnacle of Irish whiskey.

Robert Fox, Chairman of James J. Fox, representing the fifth generation of his family to trade from this celebrated cigar and whiskey store, states,

“James J Fox’s partnership with Midleton Distillery is a great honour for me and for my family. The wonderful journey of taste exploration we take with our customers is potted with exclusive collaborations. Midleton Very Rare is the ultimate in Irish Whiskey so its presentation in an exclusive single cask bearing our name holds a very special place for me, my colleagues and, we hope, for our customers.”


Yiorgos Manesis

Yiorgos Manesis

Yiorgos Manesis, James J. Fox Managing Director says:

In essence, the Midleton Very Rare 1998 Single Cask embodies our ethos and passion about Irish Whiskey. It’s a great privilege to have been given the opportunity to work with Midleton Distillery to select and bottle this expression of Midleton Very Rare Single Cask and we are proud of the result of this collaboration.”


Official Tasting Notes


Nose: Initial notes of rich smouldering oak, dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans with spices of anise giving liquorice tones along with nutmeg and cinnamon. Delicate fruit notes slowly emerge adding a light zesty character creating further depth and complexity.

Taste: Robust pot still spices at the fore that slowly subside revealing a sweet and silky mouth coating texture with hints of toffee fudge and vanilla along with subtle fruit undertones adding notes of zesty lime and mandarin.

Finish: Rich and lasting with the spices eventually fading allowing the oak and sweet fruits to linger until the very end.


Available from Monday November 2nd  exclusively through James J. Fox and www.jamesfox.ie for €995.


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